When he is sworn in, Kerry will have served just over 28 years in the U.S. Senate. Of course, he ran for President unsuccessfully in 2004. Since then, he has been back to work in the Senate, and he's been somewhat quiet. He was up for this job in 2009, but President Obama chose Hillary Clinton.
Now, at 69, he's been called back to service to replace Hillary, and I think he will be a tremendous asset to the State Department. He will certainly have his hands full. Lots of things going on in the world. From Egypt to Syria to Afghanistan to North Korea, there are tons of flash points in the world. It's certainly a job that I wouldn't want right now. It's just the job for John Forbes Kerry.
Incidentally, Oklahoma's Jim Imhofe, and both Texas Senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz voted against Kerry.